Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the fastest-growing jobs in the U.S..
The common pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the newest report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Many more techs will be needed within the next decade—about 46,300 to be precise, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.
Technicians will be desired for new construction and smart climate-control systems. They’ll also be needed to update or replace equipment to meet a growing demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a an ideal career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on equipment in houses and commercial settings.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing units
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Inspecting and testing pieces and units
As an HVAC technician, you should be able to do your job in cramped areas and very high or low temperatures, since units are often found outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
To start, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Classes to become an HVAC technician can be as short as six months or take as long as two years. Courses are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also require NATE certification, which helps further develop your HVAC knowledge and competencies.
You might also be able to become proficient through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’re completed with instruction and get your first job, you may be matched up with a more knowledgeable tech for additional applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can change based on which kind of school you attend. You’ll also need to review expenses for books, materials and room and board, if you reside on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition expenses gathered by Midwest Technical Institute:
- Technical/trade school: up to $15,000
- Community college: around $5,000 each year
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning?
HVAC techs are needed nationwide and in Bishop. Call us at 760-784-9034 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning.